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Updated 10 October 2022

With plenty of tourist attractions and hotels within a stone’s throw of one another, many consider travelling to Abu Dhabi from Dubai as the next logical step on their UAE excursion. 

While travelling from Dubai to Abu Dhabi is a pretty straightforward affair, both residents and tourists wishing to do so must familiarize themselves with the COVID test requirements and comply with the prevailing travel restrictions

Here is everything you need to know about travelling from Dubai to Abu Dhabi right now.

Dubai to Abu Dhabi travel restrictions

At present, all requirements to enter Abu Dhabi from Dubai or any other emirate within the UAE have been removed.

EDE scan are no longer required. However, the green pass will still be required to access majority of the public places in Abu Dhabi, including malls, restaurants, hotels, gyms, public parks and beaches. Masks have been made optional in the airport, unless it has been mandated by the airline. 

Abu Dhabi has announced it will no longer use medical wristbands to track people with COVID-19 and their close contacts. Individuals infected with COVID-19 will need to isolate only for 5 days.

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Vaccinated travellers

Fully vaccinated travellers will no longer be required to present a negative PCR test upon arrival in Dubai after the country eased its Covid-19 entry rules. To be fully vaccinated, you must have received two doses of a vaccine. 

Mandatory booster shot 

To maintain the vaccination status, users must receive a booster dose if the second dose was administered six months or earlier. In its latest update, Al Hosn has announced that booster shots are now mandatory for fully vaccinated UAE residents visiting Abu Dhabi. Fully vaccinated UAE residents who wish to maintain a ‘green pass’ on the app must get their booster shots for all types of COVID-19 vaccinations.

International visitors and tourists coming to the UAE do not require a booster shot to be granted entry to Abu Dhabi.

Non-vaccinated travellers

Unvaccinated travellers will be able to enter either with a negative PCR test result taken within 48 hours before arrival or with proof of recovery from Covid-19 within the past month. Travellers under the age of 12 are exempt.

Recent COVID-19 recoveries

Since many recovered COVID-19 patients continue to test positive for some time, the Al Hosn app provides users with two options to return from the red to green status to visit public places:

  1. Once you test positive for COVID-19, you can quarantine for 5 days until your status automatically turns green on day 6. You will then continue to have a ‘green status’ for 30 days after which you will need to undergo a PCR test every 30 days to maintain the ‘green status’ on Al Hosn.
  2. If you have recovered completely within 5 days, you have the option of taking 2 negative PCR tests which will result in a ‘green status’ on the app for 30 days. In the next 60 days, you will then need to undergo a PCR test every 30 days to maintain the green code.

Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 are exempt from taking a vaccine or booster dose for 90 days.

Maintaining your green status

You can maintain your green status on the Al Hosn app as per the following:

  • Fully vaccinated people must receive their negative PCR test results every 30 days to maintain ‘green’ status.
  • Unvaccinated individuals must take a PCR test every 7 days to maintain the green status on the Al Hosn app.
  • Officially exempted must receive a negative PCR test result every 7 days to maintain ‘green’ status.
  • Children aged under 12 years automatically receive ‘green’ status without the need to test.
  • Children aged 12 to 15 years are not required to be vaccinated but must take a PCR test to receive ‘green’ status on the Al Hosn app.

Entry to public places in Abu Dhabi

While entry to Abu Dhabi is now possible.

Individuals without the Al Hosn app can access public places by presenting proof of full vaccination via either a full vaccination certificate from their home country or by showing full vaccination status in their home country mobile app. A negative PCR test result taken within the last 14 days is also accepted.

As per the new and relaxed rules the UAE has now made face masks optional in most public areas but is still mandatory in mosques, places of worship, medical facilities and public transportation means. It is also mandatory for COVID-19 patients and suspected cases.

Social distancing is no longer required between worshippers at mosques and other places of worship.

Abu Dhabi venue capacities

The latest venue capacities in Abu Dhabi are as follows:

  • Shopping malls, entertainment centres, cultural centres, museums, and movie theatres capacity has increased to 90%
  • Hotels can operate at 100% capacity
  • Restaurants and cafes capacity has increased to 90%, allowing up to 10 people to sit at one table, if facemasks are worn when not dining
  • Health clubs, sports academies, gyms, and spas can operate at 90% capacity
  • Community and sports events, corporate events such as exhibitions and conferences, and entertainment events including theatre plays and concerts capacity has been set to 90%. EDE tests will also be performed at all entry points
  • The capacity for wedding halls has been set to 90%
  • Public transportation can operate up to 75% capacity, and taxi drivers can travel with up to three passengers in a five-person taxi and four passengers in a seven-person taxi



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